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NRDC: Administration Must Ensure Public Protection is Paramount in Regulations Review
At a Time When Public Protections are Already Under Attack by Some in Congress, White House Needs to Stand Firm

WASHINGTON (May 26, 2011) – After the White House released plans for a government-wide review of federal agencies, NRDC Legislative Director Scott Slesinger made the following statement:

“The purpose of the regulatory system is to protect the health and well-being of the American public.  Any proposed changes should be closely evaluated to ensure they protect the public, first and foremost.

“Coming at a time when the entire system for protecting the public is already under political attack by some in Congress, we will closely examine these specific changes to ensure that federal agencies continue to put the public’s interest above all else."

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